An essential part of the mindfulness practice is connecting with our bodies, paying attention to physical and emotional sensations.
Our bodies tell us a lot about our emotions, so bringing awareness to our bodily is critical to connect with our emotional state. Reflective spending asks you to connect physiology to emotion, then emotion to motivation, when reflecting on the spending process. By considering emotional feedback during the act of spending, we are enlightened about what serves us, and why it serves us.
This knowledge can help us take stock of our behaviours, our feelings and what underlying (needs/motivations) these actions fulfill. Maladaptive money habits (/bad financial behaviour) are not usually flukes; seeing them as part of your psychological ecosystem can help us to first take responsibility for our behaviours, and second, institute changes.
The Neuro Quadrants method is based on the Kabiebo budgeting practise. Created in 1904 by Japan’s first female journalist, Hani Motoko, Kakiebo uses simple budgeting techniques to help better reach financial goals. Motoko asked us to think mindfully about our purchases and how purchases serve us; is it genuinely needed or wanted? Thinking and reflecting honestly about money, as Motoko prompted over a century ago, is a critical first step. We believe that spending is not quite that simple in contemporary times, and that a fulfilled life is not a restrictive, but balanced, one.
The Neuro Quadrants practice considers life as an ecosystem of these three areas: basic survival, self-growth, and personal pleasure. We ask you to filter purchases according to what area of the ecosystem they serve, and set aside some extra for emergency funds, Survival items take priority, but a happy life (and wallet) finds room for things and experiences that provide intellectual nourishment, and for the occasional pleasure purchase as well.
Genuinely considering how we spend our money according to how we live helps along the mindful journey to better connect us with ourselves, and in so doing, to institute and strengthen our confidence, eudaimonia and self-sufficiency.
Mindfulness means cultivating self authenticity.
We humans are all different, our minds are all enclosed in bodies that take on different appearances and are equipped with different skills. Likewise, no two minds look the same nor function the same way. To be mindful is to be aware and accepting of this.We believe that for any platform to be genuinely mindful, it must be accessible; iit must work according to the bodily and the psychological abilities that we are learning about and supporting through the mindfulness practice.
We use a couple frameworks ensure out app and its features genuinely serve its users:
Our concepts are co-designed.
Our interface accommodates diverse mind and body abilities.
Mindfulness, financial and holistic, is for everyone regardless of their ability.